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One of Us is Lying meets This Lie Will Kill You but with a chilling supernatural twist that will keep you guessing until the very end . . . Young, brunette women are being attacked in the city of London. 16-year-old, Irish-born Niamh has just arrived for the summer, and quickly discovers that the girls being attacked look frighteningly similar to her. Determined to make it th One of Us is Lying meets This Lie Will Kill You but with a chilling supernatural twist that will keep you guessing until the very end . . . Young, brunette women are being attacked in the city of London. 16-year-old, Irish-born Niamh has just arrived for the summer, and quickly discovers that the girls being attacked look frighteningly similar to her. Determined to make it through her Drama Course, Niamh is placed at the Victorian Museum to put her drama skills to the test, and there she meets Tommy: he’s kind, fun, attentive, and really hot! . . . Nonetheless, there's something eerie about the museum. As the two strands of present-day serial attacker and sinister Victorian history start to collide, Niamh realises that things are not as they seem. Will she be next? Packed with voice-driven whodunit storytelling, and a retro slasher-movie feel reminiscent of cult classics Scream and Urban Legend, this dark, pacy, and irresistibly-creepy debut really has something for everybody!


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One of Us is Lying meets This Lie Will Kill You but with a chilling supernatural twist that will keep you guessing until the very end . . . Young, brunette women are being attacked in the city of London. 16-year-old, Irish-born Niamh has just arrived for the summer, and quickly discovers that the girls being attacked look frighteningly similar to her. Determined to make it th One of Us is Lying meets This Lie Will Kill You but with a chilling supernatural twist that will keep you guessing until the very end . . . Young, brunette women are being attacked in the city of London. 16-year-old, Irish-born Niamh has just arrived for the summer, and quickly discovers that the girls being attacked look frighteningly similar to her. Determined to make it through her Drama Course, Niamh is placed at the Victorian Museum to put her drama skills to the test, and there she meets Tommy: he’s kind, fun, attentive, and really hot! . . . Nonetheless, there's something eerie about the museum. As the two strands of present-day serial attacker and sinister Victorian history start to collide, Niamh realises that things are not as they seem. Will she be next? Packed with voice-driven whodunit storytelling, and a retro slasher-movie feel reminiscent of cult classics Scream and Urban Legend, this dark, pacy, and irresistibly-creepy debut really has something for everybody!

30 review for Last One to Die

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi Last One to Die by Cynthia Murphy is the first book I read this year, and my first 5 star as well. I am now confident that 2021 won’t be that bad. I knew I was going to enjoy it, I just didn’t expect to enjoy it this much. Huge thank you yo Kaleidoscope Tours and Scholastic Press, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my review. Synopsis: Niamh just moved to London, with the hope to pursue acting, meet friends and have fun. W Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi Last One to Die by Cynthia Murphy is the first book I read this year, and my first 5 star as well. I am now confident that 2021 won’t be that bad. I knew I was going to enjoy it, I just didn’t expect to enjoy it this much. Huge thank you yo Kaleidoscope Tours and Scholastic Press, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my review. Synopsis: Niamh just moved to London, with the hope to pursue acting, meet friends and have fun. When she starts making new friends and these women keep getting attacked and murdered, she realises that this might be all somehow connected to her. Because all women that are being attacked look very much like her. My Thoughts: Last One to Die is suspenseful from the very beginning, because Niamh knows that she’s in danger. She just doesn’t know what/who the danger is. Trusting people is hard and so is making new friends again. And as the book goes on, the intensity increases and the stakes get higher. It’s so hard to write a spoiler-free review for this book, because I want to share everything I felt while reading it. Niamh was a character I really liked, and she was very easy to relate to as well. I went in for a YA thriller and I got a supernatural horror that kept me on my toes. The friendship with Jess, the family closeness and the love interest scenes were a wonderful addition to the suspense we get, like breathing a bit of fresh air as well. I loved it when scenes made me giggle or give me the butterflies. It was very light as well, which helped break the scary moments and make you believe everything was good, before another plot twist happened. I also loved the history element too. The library, the museum, the old scary stories that happened in the part and brought eeriness… These were some of my favorite scenes in the whole book. This is one of those books where you’ll have a theory, be eager to know the villain, and see your theories change at least three times. I made so many prediction, and got it correct in the end, but even then I still had to wait until the end to confirm it and get a satisfying explanation. If you love YA thrillers, with horror elements and supernatural moments, don’t miss this one. This trope is now on my books. It might even be my favorite genre if my next reads are good as well. Cynthia Murphy as an author is also now on my list. I will make sure to read the next book she writes! I couldn’t recommend it enough!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Izzy

    I was so excited when I heard this book was a thriller based on Jack the Ripper - I have always been fascinated by that part of history. I pre-ordered the book and boy do I regret that. This was a HUGE disappointment. Firstly, the writing style was really bad, it really wasn't for me. This is no attack to the author but I just couldn't get past the style of writing used. It was very cringey and eye-roll worthy. It is told in first person by our main character Niamh, but it came across as being ver I was so excited when I heard this book was a thriller based on Jack the Ripper - I have always been fascinated by that part of history. I pre-ordered the book and boy do I regret that. This was a HUGE disappointment. Firstly, the writing style was really bad, it really wasn't for me. This is no attack to the author but I just couldn't get past the style of writing used. It was very cringey and eye-roll worthy. It is told in first person by our main character Niamh, but it came across as being very juvenile and the writing just didn't feel very developed or descriptive. The way Niamh was talking about her insta-love crush (a guy she JUST met) was sickening. It was very obsessive and creepy if I'm honest. She kept gushing over his looks and saying phrases such as "oh, my," and "girl, you're in trouble." I just don't like writing like that where the character talks to themselves like that, and in this book it came across as being quite juvenile. Every single page had comments about how attractive he was, and later in the book there were a lot of cliché moments where she'd trip over pavements and he would catch her, or where she'd act dumb and he would think she's cute and funny. One line was "He nudges me with his electric shoulder and the current zaps around my body, to places just thinking about makes me blush." This made me cringe so hard and it was very weird seeing as she'd only met him a few days over the span of TWO WEEKS. Instead of a thriller it felt like a Wattpad romance. The plot was very predictable and not at all thrilling or scary. The "romance" took up most of the plot anyway. I was also disappointed in the way that Jack the Ripper was connected to the story, it just fell flat for me and wasn't what I expected. The characters also fell flat, they were all very one dimensional and drab with no real characteristics to them. Niamh was so frustrating and annoying and all she really did throughout the entire book was gush over her crush about how hot he is whilst girls are being "murdered". I just felt she was very immature and lacked personality. The plot just consisted of a teenage girl taking selfies and talking to herself about how cute a guy was and acting like an embarrassing mess - I'm sorry. I just felt so let down and my expectations were so high. The only reason I managed to get through this book was because it was a quick and easy read, even though I thought about just throwing it away countless times. I wish I had done more research as I actually didn't realise this was a YA thriller and I am normally let down by those - they seem to be romance driven and just not very good, in my opinion. I don't mean for this review to be so harsh but this book just frustrated me a lot and this is how I felt about the writing and plot.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Enzo

    Ladies and gentlemen, i give you the thrill seeking read you have been waiting for to kick start your 2021! A book set-in present-day London in the first person. The story follows Niamh who travels to London for a 6-week performing arts course and for a taste of the city life. On arrival to her accommodation, she meets her new friend and coincidental course colleague Sara. That very night, Niamh finds Sara bloodied up and murdered in her room. Niamh soon learns that this is going to be a life th Ladies and gentlemen, i give you the thrill seeking read you have been waiting for to kick start your 2021! A book set-in present-day London in the first person. The story follows Niamh who travels to London for a 6-week performing arts course and for a taste of the city life. On arrival to her accommodation, she meets her new friend and coincidental course colleague Sara. That very night, Niamh finds Sara bloodied up and murdered in her room. Niamh soon learns that this is going to be a life threatening 6 weeks, as the attacks continue and with each victim resembling the protagonist. Is this a coincidence? Will Niamh be able to understand what is occurring? Will she be next? Who can she trust? The characters Niamh interacts with, all have warmth and by the end of the book, personally felt like they were my friends. I trusted them, I loved them, I adored them, but should I have trusted all of them? From the vibrant front cover by Jamie Gregory to the very last page, Last One to Die is mind-blowingly good! The narrative is so comprehensive, you will benefit more reading this book than looking on Google Map for your way around London! This enhances the atmosphere, crucial to this book, where English folklore claws its way through the pages! Last One to Die was my last read of 2020 and it didn’t disappoint. If you like a gripping book with a witty and strong spirited protagonist filled with suspense, end of chapter cliff-hangers, and a killer prowling the pages causing more than just paper cuts, then this is the book for you! The ending got me in the jugular Jack! I didn’t expect the book to end the way it did, wow! I have added this to my own personal blog but with a twist pertinent to the books theme: https://book-enz.blogspot.com/2021/01...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    My god. This is ALL KINDS OF CREEPY GOOD. It’s uneasy and it’s scary. It’s historical goodness, supernatural and brilliant. It’s compelling reading and ‘put it in the freezer’ good. Incredible characters, bloody excellently written and a really bloody good story. Loved this. Poor naive Naimh. I loved Derek. What a man. This ticks so many boxes for me and I’m gonna need more like this!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy McCaw

    Do you ever read a book that ticks off absolutely everything you want? I knew when I read the blurb of Last One to Die that I would love it, and it more than lived up to the hype! It's been my quest since the 90s to find books that read like Point Horror. Last One to Die does exactly that but with a fresh and modern voice. I'm quite hard to scare and it got me on more than one occasion! The horror is balanced out with world building, characterisation and lighter moments. The plot of the book is gr Do you ever read a book that ticks off absolutely everything you want? I knew when I read the blurb of Last One to Die that I would love it, and it more than lived up to the hype! It's been my quest since the 90s to find books that read like Point Horror. Last One to Die does exactly that but with a fresh and modern voice. I'm quite hard to scare and it got me on more than one occasion! The horror is balanced out with world building, characterisation and lighter moments. The plot of the book is gripping and well-paced. I loved how it wove in local mythology and history. I was constantly guessing and changing my mind about how it was all going to end! Last One to Die is a fast-paced, fun read with genuinely scary scenes and a cinematic feel. I'd highly recommend it to fans of horror movies and the Cassidy Blake books by Victoria Schwab.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tess James-Mackey

    I absolutely flew through this book - perfect pacing and incredibly tense moments that refused to let me put it down between chapters! Such a fresh voice, and a protagonist that acted and sounded her age made the plot even more thrilling. The sort if book that would be perfect to read in one sitting on a long journey because it's that absorbing. I absolutely flew through this book - perfect pacing and incredibly tense moments that refused to let me put it down between chapters! Such a fresh voice, and a protagonist that acted and sounded her age made the plot even more thrilling. The sort if book that would be perfect to read in one sitting on a long journey because it's that absorbing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Mills

    I don’t like horror films but I love scary books and this one is gloriously creepy in all the best ways. It features some genuinely frightening moments and had me on the edge of my seat. I raced through this book in one go as I was absolutely gripped by the fast pace and tense action. It has all the elements of a thrilling horror but there’s also a dash of the supernatural and some romance. Niamh is an engaging main character and I loved seeing London through her eyes as a tourist. I also loved t I don’t like horror films but I love scary books and this one is gloriously creepy in all the best ways. It features some genuinely frightening moments and had me on the edge of my seat. I raced through this book in one go as I was absolutely gripped by the fast pace and tense action. It has all the elements of a thrilling horror but there’s also a dash of the supernatural and some romance. Niamh is an engaging main character and I loved seeing London through her eyes as a tourist. I also loved the side characters of Jess and her mum Ruth, both of whom added further depth to the story. If you love horror then I’d definitely recommend this book. I mean, it even has a scene where all the lights go out in the tube station and Niamh can hear someone with metal claws approaching. If that doesn’t hook you, then nothing will. LAST ONE TO DIE is a suspenseful and chilling YA thriller that’s sure to leave you reading with the lights on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristel Greer

    I was sent a copy of the book for review. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Niamh travels from Ireland to London to attend drama school. She hopes to learn new acting techniques and making new friend. When she arrives she befriends Sara and trades dorm rooms with her but shortly afterwards Niamh finds Sara gruesomely murdered in her room. What follows is a string of sinister attacks on young women. The fact that the victims all have a connection to Niamh and share an uncanny resemblance to he I was sent a copy of the book for review. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Niamh travels from Ireland to London to attend drama school. She hopes to learn new acting techniques and making new friend. When she arrives she befriends Sara and trades dorm rooms with her but shortly afterwards Niamh finds Sara gruesomely murdered in her room. What follows is a string of sinister attacks on young women. The fact that the victims all have a connection to Niamh and share an uncanny resemblance to her makes the situation even more disturbing. To distract herself she gives her full attention to her work placement in an old Victorian museum. The museum's murderous and supernatural past plays heavily on Niamh as well as playing the role of Jane (who was a real person) which makes her uncomfortable as she also bears a striking similarity to Niamh. When she becomes friends with the mysterious and gorgeous colleague Tommy, they hit it off and the chance of romance seems to be the welcome distraction she needs. Will Tommy's dark secrets lead to her getting hurt in more ways than one, is there a supernatural connection to the serial killer of the past to the one in the present and will the murderer strike again and claim Niamh as his next victim only time will tell? I give this 🌟🌟🌟🌟 as it was compelling and suspenseful story that had me hooked from the first chapter. I liked the layout of the chapters as they were relatively short which kept the pace moving and heightened the tension in the plot. The combination of modern day crime story interspersed with a Victorian serial killer and historical background both added different dimensions to the narrative. Niamh was an independent, strong and went after her dreams which made her an interesting focal point for the story. I was delighted that Niamh was from Ireland and had real Irish character traits, slang and backstory. I felt this helped flesh out the character and give depth to her personality. The only drawback was that some of the danger moments for Niamh seemed to resolve too easily but overall it was a well executed thriller with a supernatural feel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Les McFarlane

    Niamh has saved long and hard to afford this place at drama summer school. A lot hangs on this experience, traveling from her rural, Irish home to the bright lights of London - a big and exciting risk that she hopes will be the first steps in her acting career. As Niamh checks into the halls of residence, the coolest girl she has ever met wants to be moved from her room as she doesn’t like being so high up. Niamh can’t see why it would do any harm to swap rooms. Later, Niamh takes some papers do Niamh has saved long and hard to afford this place at drama summer school. A lot hangs on this experience, traveling from her rural, Irish home to the bright lights of London - a big and exciting risk that she hopes will be the first steps in her acting career. As Niamh checks into the halls of residence, the coolest girl she has ever met wants to be moved from her room as she doesn’t like being so high up. Niamh can’t see why it would do any harm to swap rooms. Later, Niamh takes some papers down to the room that should have been hers only to find the beautiful girl that she thought would be her friend - has been murdered. This is the start of a story that will keep you guessing. I really loved the writing style. It flowed easily for me. Characters were believable and I grew to care about what happened to them. As YA fiction goes this is just great! Spooky, scary, page turningly good. Not for the faint hearted, but great if your teen likes a bit of a scare in a mix of ,very much, real life & other worldly!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle Hazelden

    What a ride I've just been on. Cynthia has done a fantastic job of writing an edge of your seat novel. A brilliant mix of YA and the supernatural, seamlessly weaved together to create a fast paced story that will have you thinking OMG more than once. Girls are being attacked, injured and even murdered. Why? What could they have possibly done to deserve such a cruel fate? The only link is to a girl called Niamh. She's been near these girls, even talked to them but the only thing they all have in common What a ride I've just been on. Cynthia has done a fantastic job of writing an edge of your seat novel. A brilliant mix of YA and the supernatural, seamlessly weaved together to create a fast paced story that will have you thinking OMG more than once. Girls are being attacked, injured and even murdered. Why? What could they have possibly done to deserve such a cruel fate? The only link is to a girl called Niamh. She's been near these girls, even talked to them but the only thing they all have in common is that they all look like 'Irish girl' (Niamh). The only question on everyone's lips. Who's next? This is a real cat and mouse type of read, throw in a paranormal element and you've got yourself a fantastically terrifying thriller. I was lucky enough to win a copy from the author via Twitter and I'm pleased to say that this a book that lives up to the hype. Excellent storytelling. Perhaps don't read after dark!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Sweeney

    Last One to Die is a fast paced and addictive tale that follows Niamh, a young Irish girl who can come to London for the Summer to study. She soon discovers that women are being attacked all around the city, women who look alarmingly like herself. As Niamh attempts to focus on her studies and her work placement at the sinister Victorian Museum, she soon discovers there might be even more to this serial attacker than she first thought. Last One to Die is one of those books that sends a shiver up y Last One to Die is a fast paced and addictive tale that follows Niamh, a young Irish girl who can come to London for the Summer to study. She soon discovers that women are being attacked all around the city, women who look alarmingly like herself. As Niamh attempts to focus on her studies and her work placement at the sinister Victorian Museum, she soon discovers there might be even more to this serial attacker than she first thought. Last One to Die is one of those books that sends a shiver up your spine. It’s creepy and unsettling, but you absolutely cannot look away. I raced through this book in one heart pounding sitting and it had an ending I definitely did not see coming. I loved the way Murphy mixed Victorian history and modern day thriller, it was such a brilliant premise and the plot was incredibly well executed. I kept coming up with theories about who was behind it all and ended up being wrong every single time. The final few chapters had be on the edge of my seat and I cannot wait to read more from Cynthia Murphy. Murphy has a great writing style, one that hooks you in right from the very first chapter. I loved our main character Niamh, and the friends she finds along the way as she attempts to uncover the mysteries that surround her. This is the perfect YA thriller and if you’re a fan of books like One of Us is Lying or Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, you absolutely need to pick this one up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Lynch

    I would have rated this so much higher but the ending was honestly shocking. I’m still trying to process it... someone else please read so we can discuss? What the hell!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lottie

    I devoured this book is record time and it was one of the first books I finished in January. Once I'd started reading it I could not put it down. Cynthia has a real flow about the way she writes, building and ebbing the tension and suspense, throughout. You get caught up in the drama of it all and I love that. The Irish references and words were a great touch too, really grounding in who Niamh is and where she comes from. I found her a compelling protagonist and was really rooting for her in the I devoured this book is record time and it was one of the first books I finished in January. Once I'd started reading it I could not put it down. Cynthia has a real flow about the way she writes, building and ebbing the tension and suspense, throughout. You get caught up in the drama of it all and I love that. The Irish references and words were a great touch too, really grounding in who Niamh is and where she comes from. I found her a compelling protagonist and was really rooting for her in the end. Last One to Die has all the trimmings of a great YA thriller/horror novel. There are red herrings and creepy Victorian vibes (which as a lover of all things dark, grim and Gothic really appealed to me). There are plot twists that keep you guessing. A sprinkling of romance and a little lost love pinning. But mainly tons of creepiness, backed up with real historical facts and titbits, and an ending that I did figure out but was still executed really well. It also has heaps of foreshadowing too which I LOVE! I really enjoy thinking back on a book I've just finished and realising that there were clues peppered throughout the story that hint at the true villain of the piece but I missed them because I was so caught up in the story telling. And this happened here. Once I'd closed the final page, I looked back over my sticky tabs and highlighted sections and realised I'd missed loads of clues! Just a sign of good storytelling. I do disagree with one specific point though and that is a reference to our heroine being in a London cab and the driver not talking to her - and she remarks that the cabbies back home in Ireland are much chattier. Now, I've never been to Ireland but I've also never been in a cab in London and not had my ear chewed off by the driver, so we might have to agree to disagree on this point! Kidding aside this is a great debut novel and would be enjoyed by fans of old school Point Horror and Christopher Pike. Last One to Die is a quick, enjoyable, thrilling, creepy tale and I would thoroughly recommend reading it. Thanks to Cynthia, Kaleidoscopic Tours and Scholastic UK for gifting me the book and giving me the opportunity to read and review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelley Toy

    Stamping a supernatural creepy modern twist on the Point Horrors of old and giving a fresh modern voice to the genre, Last One To Die is a proper suspenseful scare fest that had me hiding under the covers on more than one occasion! 🔪 Last One To Die tells the story of Niamh who travels from Ireland to London for a summer of fun, drama school and to experience the sights and sounds of the Capital. Niamh soon discovers that there are sinister attacks on young women who appear to bear an uncanny re Stamping a supernatural creepy modern twist on the Point Horrors of old and giving a fresh modern voice to the genre, Last One To Die is a proper suspenseful scare fest that had me hiding under the covers on more than one occasion! 🔪 Last One To Die tells the story of Niamh who travels from Ireland to London for a summer of fun, drama school and to experience the sights and sounds of the Capital. Niamh soon discovers that there are sinister attacks on young women who appear to bear an uncanny resemblance to Niamh! Throwing herself into her course and her work placement at the Victorian museum she makes friends, gains a love interest and a stalker! Niamh starts to get the feeling that someone is out to get her! 🔪 I loved the perfect mix of modern day “killer out to get me” and Victorian serial killer mythology. The descriptions of London from a tourist perspective really made me miss visiting and I’ve also realised how much I love Victorian mythology and I admire the research into the back stories of some of these myths like the Penny Dreadfuls and Spring-heeled Jack... I’ve need more of this in my life! Hit me up with recs! 🔪 You really get the sense that someone is out to get Niamh making you really feel that sense of unease and dread for her her as a character. I was proper scared for her! Creepy tube station at night, figures hiding in the dark, stuck in a confined spaces, sceances ... *nervous scared laugh* But Niamh was a proper kick ass no messing around character and I loved her for it! 🔪 The writing flowed so well and was perfectly paced I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! The tension was ramped up during particularly terrifying situations that Niamh finds herself in! I still have fingernail marks in the book from gripping it so tightly! I had theory after theory and I was so so wrong! 🔪 Cynthia Murphy is a fantastic debut author and is definitely one to watch! Bringing a fresh voice to the genre with the right mix of edge of your seat thriller and horror!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    When Niamh heads to London for a summer drama programme she could not have imagined the events that she’d get caught up in. Upon her arrival at the rather grotty hostel she’s due to stay in, a young woman asks if she’ll swap rooms. Niamh does. Later that night the girl in her original room is killed. On her first day, a student tries to befriend her. That night, she’s attacked. And so begins a pattern of accidents/attacks...their one common strand is that the girls all look like Niamh. Naturally, When Niamh heads to London for a summer drama programme she could not have imagined the events that she’d get caught up in. Upon her arrival at the rather grotty hostel she’s due to stay in, a young woman asks if she’ll swap rooms. Niamh does. Later that night the girl in her original room is killed. On her first day, a student tries to befriend her. That night, she’s attacked. And so begins a pattern of accidents/attacks...their one common strand is that the girls all look like Niamh. Naturally, this is a creepy situation. Unlike most, Niamh doesn’t head home the moment these weird things happen - instead, she tries to get on with her course and the work placement at a Victorian museum. Without giving anything away, what Niamh uncovers is a story that started a long time ago. In the cold light of day, it’s all preposterous...but you can (with a little will) overlook this as you’re reading. Focusing on Niamh’s perspective means we don’t get to join all the dots quite in time. Some elements really do stretch the bounds of credibility, and our resolution felt like a bit of a damp squib after a bold start.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Finding Hiraeth

    I'd never heard of Last One to Die before I had to choose another book so I could redeem a two-for-one book offer, I didn't even look at the blurb. If I had looked, I might not have picked up the book at all as supernatural-esque books are not really my thing. It turns out that it was more the writing style that I didn't enjoy as it was written as if for somebody of around ten or eleven years old (not that that's a problem). The book also included some true eyeroll-worthy cringe so beware of sec I'd never heard of Last One to Die before I had to choose another book so I could redeem a two-for-one book offer, I didn't even look at the blurb. If I had looked, I might not have picked up the book at all as supernatural-esque books are not really my thing. It turns out that it was more the writing style that I didn't enjoy as it was written as if for somebody of around ten or eleven years old (not that that's a problem). The book also included some true eyeroll-worthy cringe so beware of second hand embarrassment if you do read this!!! In the end I didn't hate the book as it was nice and short which got me out of a reading slump but I probably wouldn't read it again. Also, I've seen quite a few people comparing it to One of Us is Lying however I personally don't see much similarity and would say this book is definitely for a younger audience. *My copy of the book is in extremely good condition (if I do say so myself haha) if anyone want's to buy it for cheap, message me if so :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    Nope. The blurb sells this one as a modern Point Horror and it certainly begins that way before descending into some hastily hashed together supernatural plot points. This felt all over the place and regularly jumped jarringly from the end of a dramatic scene into the middle of the following day.It felt like the author was afraid to present the character during any quieter moments. Character development was also a real problem.Presumably Niamh likes acting to join this course and yet never makes no Nope. The blurb sells this one as a modern Point Horror and it certainly begins that way before descending into some hastily hashed together supernatural plot points. This felt all over the place and regularly jumped jarringly from the end of a dramatic scene into the middle of the following day.It felt like the author was afraid to present the character during any quieter moments. Character development was also a real problem.Presumably Niamh likes acting to join this course and yet never makes notes,talks about acting or watches any films,plays or TV shows throughout the book so it's hard to believe.She expresses no other interests or opinions whatsoever meaning it was impossible to feel invested in her.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Pike

    16 year old Nimah has just arrived in London for the summer to study Drama and murders are happening across the city but there's one issue, the victims look similar to her. Despite all the chaos, Nimah is determined to finish her course and her placement work at the Victorian Museum that has been assigned to her. However, there's something strange about it but as soon as she meets Tommy, a handsome co-worker, she begins to feel more at ease and even hopeful. Loved this, an absolutely thrilling a 16 year old Nimah has just arrived in London for the summer to study Drama and murders are happening across the city but there's one issue, the victims look similar to her. Despite all the chaos, Nimah is determined to finish her course and her placement work at the Victorian Museum that has been assigned to her. However, there's something strange about it but as soon as she meets Tommy, a handsome co-worker, she begins to feel more at ease and even hopeful. Loved this, an absolutely thrilling and page turner although the read was quite short, I agree with one of the quotes on the blurb stating that it was like 'Point Horror for the new generation' - Read lots of the Point Horror series throughout secondary school and that was exactly how it felt!

  19. 5 out of 5

    K

    Gripping, a quick and pacy read which makes you second guess everyone and their motives. Heavily draws on horror tropes and will have you laughing and gripping the cover tight with equal measure. Some gory moments that will sit with you, it had shades of Jeepers Creepers and classic sleep-over VHS 90s horror. Easy to get into and leaves you wanting another book from the author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Crook

    Pacey, nail-biting, and all kinds of weird. I LOVED it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Graine Milner

    It's been a while since I really binge-read anything - but I couldn't put this down. What's really clever about it is that it's not 100% clear whether it's a murder mystery thriller, or a supernatural horror story, until right near the end. Lots of clever clues along the way and plenty of tension and cliff-hangers to keep you reading. This is going to just fly off the shelves! It's been a while since I really binge-read anything - but I couldn't put this down. What's really clever about it is that it's not 100% clear whether it's a murder mystery thriller, or a supernatural horror story, until right near the end. Lots of clever clues along the way and plenty of tension and cliff-hangers to keep you reading. This is going to just fly off the shelves!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Brilliant debut, I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. Loved point horror in my younger years and this was even better. Really looking forward to Head Girl.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kat Ellis

    A supernatural terror-fest! Murphy takes you on a terrifying murder spree across London, relentlessly building the tension to a blood-curdling climax. I absolutely devoured it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jane Kelsey

    This book was such a quick and lovely read. It follows 16 y old Niamh who recently arrived to London for a drama course to find that girls that look eerly similar to her are being killed, whilst she has to navigate a new work placements and social interactions.⁠ ⁠ I've had a great time with this novel and couldn't put it down. I found Niamh's character easy to relate to and the atmosphere in this book was quite dark, almost gothic feeling, the setting of the Museum a perfect fit.⁠ ⁠ Unfortunately, I This book was such a quick and lovely read. It follows 16 y old Niamh who recently arrived to London for a drama course to find that girls that look eerly similar to her are being killed, whilst she has to navigate a new work placements and social interactions.⁠ ⁠ I've had a great time with this novel and couldn't put it down. I found Niamh's character easy to relate to and the atmosphere in this book was quite dark, almost gothic feeling, the setting of the Museum a perfect fit.⁠ ⁠ Unfortunately, I guessed who the baddy in this story was for quite a while so didn't feel as surprised as I should've been. Also, some aspect around police work in the UK wasn't accurate so that frustrated me a bit.⁠ ⁠ However, I still loved this book, I gave it 3.5 stars 🌟 and recommend you read it. The writing style is incredibly beautiful and captivated me from the first page!⁠📖

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Synopsis: 16-year-old Niamh arrives in London for a summer drama programme, looking forward to time in the big city. However, her plans are completely derailed when a series of murders take place on young females and all seem to be linked to Niamh. Is this a coincidence or deliberate? As part of her course, Niamh works in a Victorian museum, where she meets the handsome Tommy, who she quickly falls head over heels for. But are things all as they seem with Tommy? I won’t spoil the twist in this p Synopsis: 16-year-old Niamh arrives in London for a summer drama programme, looking forward to time in the big city. However, her plans are completely derailed when a series of murders take place on young females and all seem to be linked to Niamh. Is this a coincidence or deliberate? As part of her course, Niamh works in a Victorian museum, where she meets the handsome Tommy, who she quickly falls head over heels for. But are things all as they seem with Tommy? I won’t spoil the twist in this post, but my word I was not expecting the route this book took! • I really liked this read! The Victorian period has to be my fave historic time so I was excited when the book included the Victorian museum! This book was such a page turner I started and finished on the same day. I thoroughly recommend a read. • Thank you so much to @scholastic_uk @cynthiamurphyya and @kaleidoscopictours for my copy of the #gifted copy of the book and for including me on the blog tour!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Niamh has always dreamed of being an actress, following the path her beloved granny didn't get the chance to take. So a place on a summer drama course at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts is almost a dream come true. But the dream soon turns into a nightmare, as girls are being attacked and killed, girls who all look like Niamh... Can Niamh and her new friend Jess work out what's going on before she's next? Cynthia Murphy's YA debut is a snappy thriller with a supernatural twist, t Niamh has always dreamed of being an actress, following the path her beloved granny didn't get the chance to take. So a place on a summer drama course at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts is almost a dream come true. But the dream soon turns into a nightmare, as girls are being attacked and killed, girls who all look like Niamh... Can Niamh and her new friend Jess work out what's going on before she's next? Cynthia Murphy's YA debut is a snappy thriller with a supernatural twist, that's also just a cracking yarn in general. When I first saw it, for some left field reason that only my brain knows the answer to - maybe it's the fact the main character is on aDrama course - the synopsis reminded me (and after reading it, still does) of Suspiria (the original or the remake, take your pick). It also reminded me of a portion of a Victoria Wood stand up, (from her 2002 Albert Hall tour), where she's talking about being stuck in bed watching TV after coming home from hospital - I promise this will become relevant! - and she mentions 70s British thrillers, the type of film where the plot is something along the lines of girl looking for a flat & sees one advertised in a place called Carlton Towers, & the following conversation ensues: "Carlton Towers? That's the place where three women who all look like you have been murdered." "No thanks, I'll stick to the air bed in my Mum's lounge." The writing is atmospheric and pacy, with short chapters meaning you'll be whizzing through the pages, and characters that are easy to empathise with & root for (apart from one who you'll love to hate, and a couple of others that to say anything more about would be spoiling). A comparison has been made with Point Horror and that comparison is apt! This edition also includes, as an extra, the first couple of chapters of Murphy's next book 'Head Girl', which I will definitely read when it comes out! (I mean, 2 chapters in and we have an Archie comics reference, how could I not? ;) )

  27. 5 out of 5

    Liam Underwood

    Last One to Die would have probably been my favourite book if I had read it when I was a kid. Unlike most Point Horror books (which this is compared to on the back cover) Cynthia Murphy doesn't shy away from a couple of more grisly scenes, and I really appreciated how supernatural elements were incorporated for the most part. Admittedly, I did find the writing style a little simplistic, but this book is YA and recommended for audiences 12 and up so it's a minor gripe. I also called who the big ba Last One to Die would have probably been my favourite book if I had read it when I was a kid. Unlike most Point Horror books (which this is compared to on the back cover) Cynthia Murphy doesn't shy away from a couple of more grisly scenes, and I really appreciated how supernatural elements were incorporated for the most part. Admittedly, I did find the writing style a little simplistic, but this book is YA and recommended for audiences 12 and up so it's a minor gripe. I also called who the big bad was quite early on, and I'm usually pretty terrible at that. The comparison to Point Horror I also find quite interesting, as part of the appeal of those books (to me, at least) is the American setting, with the high schools and the malls, etc. Having this book set in London meant that I missed that element. I'm aware that these issues are all pretty minor and quite personal to me specifically. I do also think that the ending took went just a step too far with a certain aspect that I had been enjoying. Still, by and large this was a fun book which I did enjoy. There were a good few scenes that I really loved and even reading this now, at the tender age of 33, found to be creepy. It's encouraging to know that books like this are still being written, filling that void that has been left by the absence of Point Horror, and hopefully ushering in a whole new generation of horror fans. 3/5

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emma Fitzpatrick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this book, the idea and overall concept of the chain of murders was compelling and had me picking up the book in the first place! Also I love the cover!! It’s stunning! However, the pacing sometimes had me reeling as to how fast the murders began, I thought the element of supernatural really diverted from the original idea and feeling of a contemporary novel about a stalker/ serial killer and consequently I believe it ended unrealistically. I personally would have loved to see Niamh’s gr I liked this book, the idea and overall concept of the chain of murders was compelling and had me picking up the book in the first place! Also I love the cover!! It’s stunning! However, the pacing sometimes had me reeling as to how fast the murders began, I thought the element of supernatural really diverted from the original idea and feeling of a contemporary novel about a stalker/ serial killer and consequently I believe it ended unrealistically. I personally would have loved to see Niamh’s grieving process for Tommy, as they were not only friends but sort of together, with the added reveal of his true emotions, due to the ritual to bring Jane back, I think she would have had a hard time post his death. This lack of emotion at the end had the feeling of the book off track again, as this is usually the case for a classic contemporary crime thriller novel. The emotional lost love story of Tommy and Jane was really sad and had me listening to sad songs during the epilogue!! But again, some outward (or even inward) emotion from Niamh would have been more realistic. All in all, I would recommend and I definitely don’t regret reading! The author is British and this is her debut novel and it’s always good to support new authors :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    hollie

    I literally finished this in one sitting. I was hooked from the first page and I honestly haven’t read a YA supernatural thriller like this in so long and it was so good! I don’t know what it was about this book that I didn’t think I’d like, but my expectations were very wrong and I have never been happier. - Niamh was a great main character. She was head strong, knew what she wanted and was great. I loved our side characters too! Jess was lovely and her mum, Ruth was so nice too. - I think in te I literally finished this in one sitting. I was hooked from the first page and I honestly haven’t read a YA supernatural thriller like this in so long and it was so good! I don’t know what it was about this book that I didn’t think I’d like, but my expectations were very wrong and I have never been happier. - Niamh was a great main character. She was head strong, knew what she wanted and was great. I loved our side characters too! Jess was lovely and her mum, Ruth was so nice too. - I think in terms of the writing and pacing, both were done very well. I honestly needed to know more and I liked how we didn’t get the reveals all in one go and it was a more drawn out process. - Although I called it early on, the way the big reveal did play out was done very well and I got those eerie, historical vibes. I felt like Jane and Niamh story line was great but I wish we got some more from Jane - maybe in terms of flashbacks or something. Overall, this was a good mystery with a historical ghost twist and I really enjoyed it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ana Marie Alcantara Olegario

    💭 An average mystery novel for me. 💭 I'd noticed that the author ended each chapter in an interesting manner, like in a way that left you curious. Apparently, that kept me interested and went on with the chapters. 💭 For a 16 year old girl MC , I was expecting her to be more frightened - I mean there was a killer at your heels! either that or the author really wanted her to appear less stressed. 💭 If it were me, I probably freaked out, ran straight to home, and NEVER NEVER went back to the scene - 💭 An average mystery novel for me. 💭 I'd noticed that the author ended each chapter in an interesting manner, like in a way that left you curious. Apparently, that kept me interested and went on with the chapters. 💭 For a 16 year old girl MC , I was expecting her to be more frightened - I mean there was a killer at your heels! either that or the author really wanted her to appear less stressed. 💭 If it were me, I probably freaked out, ran straight to home, and NEVER NEVER went back to the scene - but it would end the story terribly. 💭 I was expecting Tommy to be more haunted at the end due to how the plot built his character but sadly he was downgraded into magic.

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